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The European and UK Space Agencies

Inquiry status: inquiry concluded

The European Space Agency is an international organisation with 20 Member States, 17 of which are in the EU. The European Commission has recently raised a number of issues it sees as “structural obstacles in the current EU/ESA relations” in a Communication to the European Council and Parliament (COM 2012 671)

The UK space sector contributed approximately £9.1 billion to the UK economy in 2010/11. UK space policy is set within the framework of the UK Civil Space Strategy 2012-16. The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It leads the UK’s civil space programme.

The Science and Technology Committee held an inquiry into the work of the European and UK Space Agencies.


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